The Obama Administration today announced plans to unroll 48 electric vehicle “charging corridors” across the United States, paving the way for a future of worry-free, zero-emission travel.
We may still have a way to go before our roads resemble 1960s and ’70s visions of the future, but with hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles (E.V.) already on America’s streets, there’s a good chance that the future of road travel will be green.
Electric vehicles have a number of advantages over traditional, gas-powered cars, from much lower running costs to the fact that they do not produce emissions that are harmful to both people and the environment. The only real problem is that, without somewhere to plug their cars in, E.V. owners are often limited to where, and how far, they can drive without running out of juice. E.V.s are great for short trips and city driving, but when traversing a country the size of the U.S., they’re far from ideal.
But that may be about to change thanks to a new initiative announced by the U.S. government.
Under the new scheme, a vast network of E.V. charging stations is to be rolled out right across the country, with car manufacturers such as General Motors, BMW and Nissan reportedly joining forces with established E.V. charging firms to ensure that the stations meet the same standards and are easily identifiable to drivers. With 35 U.S. states expected to get their very own E.V.-friendly routes — making up an incredible 25,000 miles of highway on which there is no more than 50 miles between charging stations — the country’s E.V. industry looks set to receive a major boost.
The current plan is to have 48 dedicated routes criss-crossing the U.S., making it possible to travel by electric vehicle across the majority of the country.
President Obama may have fallen a little short of his goal of getting one million electric vehicles on U.S. roads by the end of 2015 (the current figure stands at just over half that number), but if all goes to plan, he may leave behind a green legacy to be proud of.